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Gallantry \Gal"lant*ry\, n.; pl. Gallantries. [F. galanterie.]

  1. Splendor of appearance; ostentatious finery. [Archaic]

    Guess the gallantry of our church by this . . . when the desk whereon the priest read was inlaid with plates of silver.

  2. Bravery; intrepidity; as, the troops behaved with great gallantry.

  3. Civility or polite attention to ladies; in a bad sense, attention or courtesy designed to win criminal favors from a female; freedom of principle or practice with respect to female virtue; intrigue.

  4. Gallant persons, collectively. [R.]

    Helenus, Antenor, and all the gallantry of Troy.

    Syn: See Courage, and Heroism.


n. (plural of gallantry English)

Usage examples of "gallantries".

Meanwhile, Ione was secretly somewhat uneasy at the gallantries which escaped from those lips, which, till lately, had seemed to disdain the common homage we pay to beauty.

Then he lay awake at night thinking of all the charming gallantries he might have employed.

She knew that his elaborate gallantries and his florid speeches were all done with his tongue in his cheek.

Let us have no heroics, no proud gallantries: only competence and toughness.

The air between them seemed to quiver with the memory of a thousand adventures: griefs and delights, romantic yearnings and dreadful deeds, treacheries by night and gallantries by day.

Sir Charles accordingly redoubled his gallantries, he was slyly humorous about the horse-liniment, and thereupon came the remark which so surprised him and was the beginning of his strange discoveries.